Who Was Queen Liliʻuokalani?
For Liliʻuokalani, the meaning of kuleana was deeper than just “responsibility”. It was more than having to look after her people. Her work was not a chore, but something that she did out of love. Liliʻuokalani, as our aliʻi wahine, fulfilled kuleana to improve the lives of Hawaiians.
Queen Liliʻuokalani fought hard for the people of Hawaiʻi. In 1891 Liliuokalani proposed a new constitution that would restore powers of the monarchy and extend voting rights for Native Hawaiians. This angered the white businessmen across hawaii essentially resulting in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Her brave proposal was made to improve the lives of Hawaiians by helping to give us a voice. This action of kuleana shows that she deeply cared about Hawaiians. She was not obligated to do this, but she did out of genuine concern and care. Another example of Liliuokalani fulfilling her kuleana was that she executed a deed of trust dedicated to orphaned Hawaiian children. This shows that wanted the best for Hawaiians in future generations.
As our aliʻi wahine, Liliʻuokalani fulfilled great kuleana to improve the lives of Hawaiians.
She saw Hawaiians struggling and took action. Kuleana was more than “responsibility”, it was more than having to look after her people, and rather it was her decision to do what she did out of her love for her people.